Dr. Leonard Kiirika graduated with a BSc. degree at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Nairobi, Kenya. He worked at management positions in Horticultural industry as well as NGOs in Kenya before joining Leibniz University of Hannover Germany to pursue M.Sc. in Horticulture. He completed a Ph.D in Plant Pathology and a PostDoc in the same University. Dr. Kiirika joined University of Wisconsin-Madison USA as a Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology and thereafter, Washington State University in Washington USA. In both cases, he pursued research in Plant Pathology both in the laboratory and field extension. Dr. Kiirika’s wide experience stemming from different regions and backgrounds derives the knowledge of science with the object of serving the local communities in the Sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of improving agricultural production to mitigate the problems of food security. Currently, Dr. Kiirika is a Lecturer in the department of Horticulture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Kiirika, LM., Bergmann, HF., Schikowsky, C., Wimmer, D., Korte, J., Schmitz, U., Niehaus, K. & Colditz, F. (2012). Silencing of the Rac1 GTPase MtROP9 in Medicago truncatula stimulates early mycorrhizal and oomycete root colonizations but negatively affects rhizobial infection. Plant Physiology. 159: 1-16.
Kiirika, LM., Stahl, F. & Wydra., K. (2013). Phenotypic and molecular characterization of resistance induction by single and combined application of chitosan and silicon in tomato against Ralstonia solanacearum. Physiol. & Mol. Plant Pathol. 81: 1-12.
Kiirika, LM., Schmitz, U. and Colditz, F. (2014). The alternative Medicago truncatula defense proteome of ROS-defective transgenic roots during early microbial infection. Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00341